EastEnders star Jacqueline Jossa has fronted a short film about online bullying.

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The Lauren Branning actress – who has been a victim of online bullying herself – presented the film, which is available via the BBC WebWise website,  as part of the BBC’s support of Safer Internet Day on February 11.

In the film, Jossa explains how users can protect themselves against internet criminals who use a malicious virus known as  a ‘rat’ – aka Remote Access Trojan – to obtain access to people’s computers and webcams.

Jossa says:

When I was subjected to abuse from online bullies it was upsetting at first, but I could turn off my phone, not read the messages or simply take no notice of them.

 

But with webcam hacking or ‘ratting’, people are being targeted often without their knowledge, and the results can be devastating. I would urge everyone to just to follow some basic rules and make sure that they use the internet safely and wisely.

Further films are to be released via the BBC WebWise website focusing on different areas of internet safety.

The internet and social media are now a huge part of most people’s lives. As with anything in life, there are risks out there too, and I’m very pleased that we’re showing how a few simple techniques can help keep the whole family safe online.

 

– Saul Nassé, Controller of Learning

The film can be viewed here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/0/25812110

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